Transputec’s commitment to improving digital literacy among school-aged children in India was celebrated at a special gala dinner in Surrey held by its corporate charity partner, Haven (Help a Village Emerge Anew).
Guests of honour at the black tie event at The Woodlands Park hotel in Cobham were Transputec Chairman, Rickie Sehgal and CEO Sonny Sehgal. Through their efforts, the Transputec Academy was launched in the remote outpost of Atla, in Tarapith, West Bengal in 2016. The Academy and its 80 students continue to flourish. It now boasts two fully furnished IT suite within a learning centre for the 8 – 16 year old students, with a third suite in the final stages of development.
Speaking at the event this summer, Haven Chairperson, Susmita Ghosh, said: “Haven is grateful for Transputec’s instrumental role in the setting up of the Academy. Without their sponsorship, expertise, software and advice, Haven would not have been able to extend exceptional and important learning opportunities to impoverished young adults in the surrounding areas in the depths of rural India. The students’ feedback has clearly shown Haven just how much they welcome this chance to further their education in an area which was never available to them before. They are well aware of how vital IT skills are to them, to move forward in the outside world beyond their rural surroundings.”
Prior to the launch of the Academy, Transputec installed all the required IT infrastructure, providing excellent broadband internet, Skype and high quality Wi-Fi throughout the entire building. A team has been put in place to oversee The Academy, which will include technical hardware and network support, IT training at the centre, a Haven Academy course coordinator, and a Transputec course coordinator. Transputec also regularly sends team teams of staff to fly over to install the hardware and wi-fi, maintain it and develop dedicated software to provide interactive learning. In addition, Rickie Sehgal devotes his Saturday mornings to teaching digital skills to the students via Skype.
Rickie explains: “Haven committed 60% of the places the Academy to girls from local villages in and around Atla following the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative. A huge number of studies reveal that one of the keys to fighting against poverty is female empowerment. My students are breaking with generations of tradition to empower themselves. It’s an honour to equip them with skills to break these cultural and educational barriers. They have all the talent and have to find that spark to launch their ambitions.”